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ERIC Number: EJ854827
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1527-9316
From Postmodernism to Milk Cartons: Junk Art Sculptures and Pre-Service Teachers' Philosophies of Schooling
McDermott, Morna
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v8 n1 p88-100 Feb 2008
This essay focuses of an arts-informed inquiry performed by sixteen pre-service teachers who created sculptures to explore their teaching philosophies. Through this creative process changes occurred in their assumptions and expectations about what is of value in teaching and relationships between themselves, their students, and the community. The ideas of philosopher Michel Serres are used to analyze the themes that emerged from this creative process. Specifically, I examine the relationships between three of Serres' key themes: (1) prepositions, (2) spaces "in-between", and (3) noise, and how aesthetic forms of expression such as creating sculptures open alternative pathways for pre-service teachers to imagine or re-envision transformative pedagogies. (Contains 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland